Published at Friday, 24 May 2019. Dog Training. By Chanelle Guyon.
Communication Begins with Attention. Possibly the most fundamental form of communication is your attention. This is true whether you are teaching some new skill, practicing an old one, or refining an advanced behavior. When you give your attention to something your dog does – through touch, voice, eye contact, smiling, or laughter – you draw attention to the behavior. This tells your dog that you find the behavior worthy of interest. Dogs, being sociable creatures, find most interaction and attention reinforcing. They value it, and will work to get it – and this is not even considering whether or not the dog finds the behavior reinforcing in and of itself. So when training, keep in mind that you don't have to actively reward a behavior to reinforce it.
Although some owners don't like reward training because they think dogs trained this way follow their commands simply because they want a treat and not out of a sense of obedience or respect, there's no question that reward training is effective. And, even if you accept the premise that dogs learn from reward training strictly because they're being ”bribed,” isn't that better than obeying out of a fear of punishment? Not only that, but treats aren't the only type of reward that can be used as positive reinforcement. Praising your dog with an excited, happy tone of voice, giving him toys, and giving him lots of physical affection can all be just as motivating as giving him treats or food.
An essential part of being a responsible dog owner is that you train your dog as early as possible, preferably when you have first brought home your new pet. With an excellent course, training your dog should be simple, particularly if it has a step-by-step format that's easy to follow. Training your dog requires lots of time and devotion to your dog and this sometimes puts people off and may mean that they don't train their dogs at all. By training your dog when it's still early you can save you and the rest of the family a bunch of hassles and frustrations later on when your dog is all grown up.
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